‘Rose has travelled the globe, and it shows in her honest, unflinching, charming & deeply human poetry.  

A generous artist who is a consistent joy to experience on the page and stage.’

Dominic Berry, Glastonbury Poet In Residence 2017, Winner of Saboteur Best Spoken Word Artist 2017

I am an award-winning Canadian poet currently based in Salford, England.  I studied Theatre & Drama at the University of Winnipeg and earned my MA in Theatre & Development Studies at the University of Leeds.  I have been writing, performing and teaching for over 20 years. 

I am also the Programmes Team Coordinator for Arts Emergency, an award-winning charity and network that supports marginalised young people overcome barriers to participation and success in the creative and cultural industries.

'Rose Condo’s work is not only eloquently written and engagingly performed,

but often uplifting and powerful. Through her performances, she draws the audience together

as a community and fosters a sense of collective possibility.'

Loud Poets, Award-Winning Spoken Word Collective

My debut poetry collection After the Storm is available from Flapjack Press in Nov 2020.


My latest solo project, The Empathy Experiment, was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Show at the 2020 Saboteur Awards, won Best Spoken Word Show at the 2019 Greater Manchester Fringe and received critical acclaim at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.


My previous solo spoken word show How To Starve An Artist premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, was runner up for Best Spoken Word Show in the 2017 Saboteur Awards, and was listed in UMFM's top ten shows at the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe.  

‘I have seen her mesmerise an audience with her verse. 

Her stage show ‘How to Starve an Artist’ was innovative and inspirational.’

Jeff Price, Poet, Producer and Blogger

I have supported acclaimed spoken word artists such as Shane Koyczan and Hollie McNish.  

I was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship, and my poem

You Are Here was published in The London Reader in 2017.

One of the most polished and heartfelt wordsmiths on the spoken word scene. 

Her subtle lyricism cradles you in a warm embrace and then gently but firmly

delivers an emotional and thought-provoking gut punch.’

Tina Sederholm, Poet and Performer

My slam wins include Manchester's Word War One, Newcastle's SLAMalgamate, the Axis Slam in Crewe, and the Say Owt Clash of Champions in York.  I have competed in the Lingo Slam in Dublin, the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, and the Hammer & Tongue National Slam at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

‘Rose Condo’s name is synonymous with powerful verse, enthralling spoken word theatre,

astute dissections of modern life, and superhuman empathy.  Hers is work that refuses to accept

half-baked assumptions, choosing instead to dig with precision to the roots of the world’s ugliness.’

Geneviève L. Walsh, Spoken Word Artist


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